August 11 Online Meeting of the N.J. Health Care Networking Group

Posted on July 23, 2021 By

Network with more than 1500 people in the health care industry at the monthly meeting of N.J. Health Care Networking Group Wednesday, August 11 at a Zoom meeting from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. N.J. Health Care Networking Group is a free organization for anyone in the health care industry, including those who provide ancillary products and services. Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey is hosting the August meeting.

To register, email and you will receive the Zoom code to join the August 11 meeting. For more information about N.J. Health Care Networking Group, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Eatontown, the premier sponsor of N.J. Health Care Networking Group, at or visit for the monthly location and member events. Meetings take place once a month.

About Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey: Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey is an interfaith nonprofit agency dedicated to providing free supportive services to the frail elderly and the home-bound, enabling them to live independently and with dignity in their own homes.

Since 1993, Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey has been helping seniors throughout Ocean and Monmouth counties remain independent and socially connected. With over 1200 volunteers and collaborations with over 60 local organizations, Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey is able to serve thousands of seniors each year.


The Strand Theater Is Opening This August!

Posted on June 29, 2021 By

The historic Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood, is “Shaking Off The Cobwebs” with a new concert series designed to welcome patrons back to the theater and artists back to the stage. Closed to the public since October 2020, the Strand stage will be lit once again on August 6, August 21, and September 24, with concerts, sponsored by Ray Coles.

Rod Picott, a renowned Americana artist and author will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of his first show at the Strand on Friday, August 6, at 8:00 p.m. Picott will play a selection of songs from his catalog, including many from his latest release “Wood, Steel, Dust And Dreams,” a collection of songs he penned with good friend Slaid Cleaves that includes their breakthrough hit “Broke Down.”

Perhaps best known for penning “Part of The Union,” one of The Strawbs’ biggest hits, John Ford has just released a new album “Life in A Foreign Town.” Ford and his band return to the Strand on August 21 at 8:00 p.m. for their first show in front of a live audience in more than a year. As a special thank you, Ford is giving each patron a copy of the new CD.

On September 24 at 8:00 p.m., Iain Matthews celebrates his long delayed 50th Anniversary show at the Strand. A founding member of Fairport Convention, Matthews Southern Comfort and Plainsong, Matthews will perform many of his hits over the past half century.

All shows will be held in the main theater and will be available to Livestream as well. Dinner reservations in the theater’s Gallery will be available to ticket buyers on a first-come-first-served basis. To purchase tickets to these shows and all other shows at the Strand, visit

For additional information, contact Ray Coles at 732.691.9989 or by email

About the Strand Theater The historic Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Ave., Lakewood, was designed by world-renowned theater architect Thomas Lamb in 1922 and is listed on the N.J. and National Register of Historic Places. The Strand offers year-round entertainment in plush, air-conditioned surroundings. It is a perfect venue to showcase comedians, musicals, dinner theater, stars from television and movies, and legendary musical entertainers. The reception gallery includes a catering facility for 250 people, a dance floor, and restrooms. It is ideal for theater-in-the-round, smaller events and receptions.

The Strand relies on the support of Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Township of Lakewood, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority; and the LDC and the UEZ programs along with many businesses, organizations, and individuals.


Jersey Shore Association for HR Announces Ann C. Edwards Scholarship Winners

Posted on June 23, 2021 By

The Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources (JSAHR) has announced the 2021 recipients of the Ann C. Edwards Scholarships. This year’s recipients are Alyssa Marie Bannach, the daughter of JSAHR member Lori Skowrenski Bannach; and Grace Huntington, the daughter of member Carolyn Broderick.

Bannach, Jackson, N.J., attends Jackson Liberty High School. She received $1000 to further her education at Ocean County College. Huntington, Hazlet, N.J., attends Mater Dei Prep School, Middletown, N.J. She will use her $500 scholarship to attend Brookdale Community College.

These scholarships, awarded annually to the son or daughter of a JSAHR member, are part of JSAHR’s commitment to building the future through the education of young adults. JSAHR, an affiliate of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), is an organization dedicated to the advancement of Human Resources professionals within Monmouth and Ocean counties.

The scholarship is named in honor of Ann C. Edwards. Edwards, who is retired, was a founding member and past president of the JSAHR. She had a long and distinguished career in the New Jersey HR field. Among other accomplishments, Edwards served as the Workforce Development Director for the Garden State Council of HR for many years; and was one of the founders of the Putting Your Best Foot Forward Program, a school to work job guide.

For more information about the scholarships, email Bob Kane at Visit for more information about JSAHR.


Labrosciano Named Regional Manager of Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services

Posted on June 22, 2021 By

Alison Labrosciano, Folsom, Pennsylvania, has been named regional manager for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), with offices in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. As regional manager, Labrosciano will manage the Bala Cynwyd office and help expand Preferred’s Delaware presence.

Labrosciano, a 10-year veteran of Preferred, has had roles in HR, managing Bensalem and Bala Cynwyd employees and offices, and spearheading Preferred’s Delaware expansion.

Jonathan Herman, COO of Preferred, said, “Alison is the consummate employee willingly confronting every professional task and challenge with zest and zeal. I am thrilled to have Alison take on this expanded role at Preferred because I know so many will benefit from her professionalism and experience.”

Labrosciano holds a B.A. in business administration with a concentration in management from Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Delaware Home Care Association, the Delaware Chamber of Commerce, and the Pennsylvania Home Care Association.

Labrosciano gives back to her community by donating blood to the Red Cross, and by contributing to charities, such as St. Jude, Purple Heart, the Delco Group, and the American Heart Association. Her office also participates in St. Chris Home Health Initiative and Jeans for Troops.
For more information about Labrosciano, email For information about Preferred, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations, at Visit for more information.
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About Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services: Since 1987, Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), 45 Main Street, Eatontown, N.J., has provided a wide range of medical and non-medical home health care services from pediatric to geriatric care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. PHHC is accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Partner), an accrediting organization for the home health care industry. Preferred works collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and facilities to ensure a smooth transition to one’s home.

PHHC, named a 2021 Great Place to Work®, offers industry-leading pay rates, weekly pay, flexible hours, benefits, and paid time off. PHHC has 16 locations. New Jersey locations include corporate headquarters in Eatontown and branches in Elmwood Park, Galloway, Jersey City, Mt. Laurel, Neptune, North Brunswick, Robbinsville, South Orange, and Toms River. Pennsylvania locations include Allentown, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Delaware location: Claymont. Visit Preferred at for more information.


Brownstein to Serve as President of HR Group

Posted on June 22, 2021 By

Eveline Brownstein, Rumson, has been selected to be the 2021-2023 president of JSAHR (Jersey Shore Assoc. for HR). She is the director of human resources for Stern Strategy Group, a PR firm and Speakers Bureau with offices in Iselin.

Brownstein said, “I am honored and humbled to have been elected to lead such a vibrant and active chapter. I am stepping into big shoes left by past presidents, but I look forward to working with our excellent committees to continue building our membership, facilitating certification activities, furthering diversity and inclusion, providing valuable programming and career assistance to our members, and working with educational institutions to elevate and promote the human resources profession.”

Brownstein has worked with business owners for more than 25 years to recruit, develop, and train organizational talent and align human resources with the goals, vision, and strategic plans of companies. She has extensive experience in writing policy handbooks and implementing company policies for many industries, including healthcare, insurance, grocer/retail, legal, compliance, public relations, real estate, mining, and technology startups.

Brownstein is an instructor for the SHRM certification course. She previously served as the co-chair of certification and was vice president of the JSAHR chapter of SHRM. She is also an instructor and training facilitator with Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education, delivering training to supervisors and C-suite executives in areas, such as performance management and employee engagement. She is a sought-after LinkedIn career advisor.

Brownstein holds a B.A. in psychology and a M.S. in human resources management from Thomas Edison State University, New Jersey. She also holds SPHR and SHRM-SCP certification designations, which identify her as a certified senior professional in HR with the Human Resources Certification Institute and with the Society for Human Resources.

Her first career after high school was as a chef trained in French cuisine. She often quips that everything she knows about human resources, she learned as a chef; though, in truth, she probably learned more about people as the mother of seven.


Lakewood Chamber Hosts Webinar- NJ Paid Family & Medical Leave during COVID – What Employers Should Know

Posted on June 18, 2021 By

So exactly what is covered and what is not covered? The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free Webinar for all employers, NJ Paid Family & Medical Leave during COVID-19 – What Employers Should Know in collaboration with the Newark Regional Business Partnership and sponsored by N.J. Natural Gas (NJNG) on Tuesday, June 29 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Experts from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) will give a brief overview of NJ Earned Sick Leave and NJDOL’s key COVID-19 resources. They will also cover such topics as which employers are covered under NJ Paid Family & Medical Leave laws; which employees are eligible for NJ Paid Family & Medical Leave; what are the covered reasons for taking these benefits; what is the employer’s role in NJ Paid Family & Medical Leave; and how job protection laws relate to these programs. A question and answer session is included.

To register or for more information, go to


July 14 Online Meeting of the N.J. Health Care Networking Group

Posted on June 17, 2021 By

Join N.J. Health Care Networking Group for the Wednesday, July 14 Zoom meeting from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. N.J. Health Care Networking Group is a free organization for anyone in the health care industry, including those who provide ancillary products and services. Pain Management at Garden State Medical Center is hosting the July meeting.

To register, email and you will receive the Zoom code to join the July 14 meeting. For more information about N.J. Health Care Networking Group, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Eatontown, the premier sponsor of N.J. Health Care Networking Group, at or visit for the monthly location and member events. Meetings take place once a month.

Pain Management at Garden State Medical Center (GSMC): Since its founding in 2004 as Garden State Interventional Pain Management, Medical Director Dr. Dharam Mann has established the practice as one of the leading pain management centers. The group at GSMC has developed expertise in the diagnosis, treatment, and care for a wide variety of pain conditions for patients in Ocean and Monmouth counties, N.J., with locations in Toms River, Brick, and other cities.

At GSMC, each physician specializes in treating acute and chronic pain to improve one’s quality of life. Pain management doctors treat a variety of conditions from head to toe, using advanced diagnostic techniques and non-surgical treatments, including, but not limited to, pain in the spine, back, neck, joint, and knee. For more information, visit GSMC at


Holman Frenia Allison, PC (HFA) Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary and a Move to Lakewood

Posted on June 10, 2021 By

Holman Frenia Allison, PC (HFA), a full-service certified accounting and advisory firm that serves government agencies, authorities, not-for-profit organizations, commercial businesses, construction companies, and individuals celebrated its 25th year in business and a move of its headquarters to 1985 Cedar Bridge Avenue, Suite 3, Lakewood, from 680 Hooper Avenue in Toms River. All phone numbers have stayed the same.

Sarah Snell, CPA and Chief Operating Officer, said, “The move was for expansion. We outgrew the old office a few years ago, and we wanted a new office that could provide ample space for our 65+ employees as well as serve as a central location for in-house conferences and future events.”

Mayor Ray Coles said, “We welcome HFA, a first-class accounting firm, to Lakewood. We’re proud that many businesses have continued to move here; and that our outstanding Industrial Park, the second largest in the State, has continued to grow with quality businesses, such as HFA.”

For 25 years, HFA has been recognized for its diligence and commitment to the betterment of local communities, including the “HFA Cares” Initiative, which have included blood drives; providing holiday gifts for families in Monmouth, Ocean, and Burlington counties; volunteering at local food pantries; and most recently hosting a Punch-A-Thon to raise money for a young local child with Leukemia, among others.

HFA employees also give back to communities on a monthly basis. For example, employees collected slightly used shoes in April and donated them to a school in Monmouth County where the student collecting them received hours towards her honors program. In May, employees participated in Punch-A-Thon and a Walk for Cystic Fibrosis. In January, they collected children’s books and donated them to a pre-school; and in February they collected handmade cards for Seniors.

HFA is member of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce; the Toms River, Pt. Pleasant, Southern Ocean County, Jackson, and Jersey Shore chambers; and the Monmouth Ocean Development Council (MODC). HFA is also a member of the New Jersey Society of CPAs (NJCPA), AICPA (American Institute of CPAs), and the Registered Municipal Accountants Association.

Among the firm awards, HFA received recognition from NJBIZ as one of the Top 50 Accounting Firms. HFA also received the MODC Silver Gull Award for Community Service in 2019 and the CIANJ (Commerce & Industry Assoc. of N.J.) Champions of Good Works Award in 2018.

Menashe Miller, executive director of the Lakewood Chamber and Deputy Mayor of Lakewood, said, “We are very proud that Chamber member HFA has moved to Lakewood. We wish them a very happy 25th anniversary and many more years of success.”

HFA partners and those in management hold many volunteer positions. HFA President Robert Allison is president of the board of directors for the Asbury Park Theater Co.; serves on Lead New Jersey’s board of trustees; is a member/volunteer of Algonquin Arts; a member of Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Jersey Shore, and a volunteer at Allaire Community Farm. HFA Chairman and VP Craig Johnson is a board member of the Jackson Township Historic Preservation Foundation and the Jackson Kiwanis Club.

Lauren Holman, partner, is chairwoman of Fulfill Foodbank; on the board of trustees of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal & Northern N.J. and the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. Jerry Conaty, partner, is on the board of trustees of Phoenix Productions and Count Basie Center for the Arts; a board member of the American Red Cross Jersey Coast Chapter; and treasurer of CSM (Command Sergeant Major) Robert Gallagher Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Matthew Holman, partner, is on the board of trustees of the Monmouth Park Charity Fund. Sarah Snell, COO, is treasurer of the Junior League of Monmouth County and president of CPAFMA’s (CPA Firm Management Assoc.) NJ Chapter.

Brian Waldron, senior manager, is vice president of the MODC executive board and board member of Habitat for Humanity of Monmouth County. Ashley Ackerman, senior manager, is on the board of directors of Coastal Habitat for Humanity
For more information visit or call Sarah Snell at 732-797-1333.

About HFA: Since 1996, HFA has serviced a diverse client base of individual and business owners, providing highly personalized and comprehensive advisory, audit, and tax services. Although the Toms River office has closed, the HFA Red Bank office, 194 East Bergen Place is still open. Clients can visit the Toms River office, 1415 Hooper Avenue, Suite 305, Unit A, by appointment only

Photos Courtesy of HFA
1. HFA Partners: Jerry Conaty, Craig Johnson, Robert Allison, Matthew Holman, Lauren Holman

2. HFA Celebrates New Lakewood Location: HFA Partner Jerry Conaty; HFA Chairman and VP Craig Johnson; HFA Partner Lauren Holman; HFA COO Sarah Snell; Deputy Mayor Menashe Miller; Assist. Public Works Director Murphy Santiago (behind Menashe Miller); Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles; HFA Partner Matthew Holman; and HFA President Robert Allison. Back Row: Eli Miller, Lakewood Police Dept. Captain Joe Goertz

3. HFA Opening Ceremony – Employees and Partners

4. HFA’s New Building – It’s Official: Eli Miller; Lakewood Police Captain Joe Goertz; HFA Partner Lauren Holman; HFA Chairman and VP Craig Johnson; HFA COO Sarah Snell; Deputy Mayor Miller; Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles; HFA President Robert Allison; HFA Partner Matthew Holman; and HFA Partner Jerry Conaty.


Bearing Hope Foundation Launches New Website

Posted on June 9, 2021 By

The Bearing Hope Foundation announced the launch of its website This New Jersey nonprofit was started by the Vogel Family to bring some comfort and companionship to children going through a traumatic event by holding a “Bears We Care,” special event each year during which teddy bears for children are built and delivered to Children’s Hospitals and Law Enforcement Organizations.

The Bearing Hope Foundation has several initiatives in mind for the future. In addition to “Bears We Care,” their goal is to give four scholarships each year to those who want to advance their education and training in the field of Public Health.

The Foundation also designed “Giving Back for Life,” a program to help cover cleanup costs to families of First Responders and Veterans who have lost their lives to suicide.

The Vogel family, with their help and several other business associates, started donating bears in 2018. With enough monetary support, they are hoping to expand this foundation to help as many others as possible. The new website will provide their goals and information about the nonprofit, donating, and volunteering.

For more information about The Bearing Hope Foundation, visit To speak to someone at the Foundation, email


New Rotem Dental Building on Route 37 West to Open This June

Posted on June 7, 2021 By

By the end of June, Rotem Dental Care will be moving into a newly designed building at 180 Route 37 West, Toms River, more than doubling the size of its current space and practice.

Although Rotem Dental Care has been at 355 Lakehurst Road, Toms River, since 2002, the current building could not handle the newer technologies coming out in dentistry.

Dr. Ron Rotem said, “We no longer had enough power to upgrade to newer equipment, and the parking has become very limited. With the heavy reliance on the internet for constant data exchange, we realized it was time to create our almost ideal practice.”

In the new building, the treatment rooms are designed more ergonomically causing less physical strain to the doctors and assistants. Other improvements include expanded appointment availability for evenings and Saturdays; the most upgraded technology and enhancements possible in dentistry; and an on-premises lab that will allow more in-house treatment for patients, eliminating the need to send them elsewhere.

Rotem Dental Care offers its patient such cutting edge procedures as implants, dentures, sleep apnea treatment, sedation dentistry, invisalign, cosmetic technique; and scanning technology, among other procedures.

Through the years, Dr. Ronen Rotem has generously donated his time, his energy, and his money to educate children and parents; and help the needy, especially the families of children who have cancer. All of his projects focus on helping others!

Some of his projects through the years have included replacing all the back-to-school supplies Big Brothers Big Sisters were going to donate but had been wiped out by Sandy; participating in Ocean of Love Fundraisers with boat cruises and a Smiles for Life teeth whitening campaign; presenting programs about dental health and good practices to elementary children; Halloween Candy Buy-Back contests that benefit military troops, teachers, and children; and Smile of Your Life Dental Makeover contest, among many others.

For more information call Rotem Dental Care at 732-341-8500 or visit

About Rotem Dental Care and Dr. Ron Rotem: Dr. Ron Rotem earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from New York University College of Dentistry in 1991. Much of Dr. Rotem’s state-of-the-art training took place at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies where he continues to study under some of the top dentists in the field of sedation. Dr. Rotem has completed such course levels as Full Mouth Reconstruction, which has been completed by less than one per cent of dentists nationwide.

The primary focus of Rotem Dental Care at 335 Lakehurst Road is in the areas of cosmetic and implant dentistry, and an offer of sedation dentistry. As a child, Dr. Rotem was inspired to be a dentist by his family dentist who always made certain visits were comfortable. Dr. Rotem thinks of each patient as a guest who deserves personal and individualized attention in an atmosphere as comfortable as that of their own home.

Hours of Rotem Dental Care: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday hours will resume in the near future.